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Barite on Fluorite, Pierce Vein, Gaskins Mine, Minerva Oil Company, Empire District, Southern Illinois, Mined August 1974, ex. Roy Smith Collection, Miniature, 2.5 x 5.0 x 8.0 cm, $850. Online Dec. 12.


  • $ 85000

In August 1974, a pocket of yellow barite was accidentally found during installation of the underground tool shop in the Gaskins Mine.  The pocket, about 10 feet in length and 2 feet in height, produced the finest yellow barite ever discovered in the district.  This specimen is a classic group of glassy-luster straw yellow barite to 2.5+ cm on blue and purple fluorite. Note the sawtooth terminations and internal yellow zoning as classic from this famous find.